CCLA Applauds Supreme Court Decision on State Neutrality and Religious Freedom

The CCLA applauds the Supreme Court decision in Mouvement laïque québécois, et al. v. City of Saguenay, et al., which held that the recital of a prayer at the beginning of public city council meetings violates provisions of the Quebec charter of human rights and freedoms.  The Court found that the recital violated the state duty of […]

Proposed Amendments to C-51 Insufficient

This past week, the Liberal Party released their proposed amendments to Bill-C51, the government’s new anti-terrorism legislation.   The CCLA is a non-partisan national non-profit organization which for fifty years has fought to protect civil liberties and fundamental human rights.  It is our view that the Opposition’s proposed amendments do not go far enough in curing […]

Release: Canadian human rights organizations call for Bill C-51 to be withdrawn

March 30, 2015 – Today, as the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security commences its clause-by-clause review of Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015, seven of Canada’s leading human rights organizations reiterate their call for the Bill to be withdrawn.

Since the Committee began its hearings on March 9, 2015, it […]

CCLA Concerned about Quebec Protests and Reports of Shutting Down and Use of Force by Police

The CCLA is concerned about reports this past week that Quebec police have allegedly shut down protests in Montreal and Quebec City, and on occasion reportedly used force. The right to protest is constitutionally protected in Canada. Legitimate dissent, expression and protest are the hallmarks of a democratic society; police have a duty not only […]

Supreme Court Issues a Strong Decision on Freedom of Religion in Loyola v. Quebec

The Supreme Court has rendered its decision in Loyola High School v. Quebec (Attorney General).  The case examines the province of Quebec’s Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC) curriculum which was put in place several years ago when the province went through the process of moving away from a confessional system of education.  Loyola, a private […]